Victorian Attorney-General and workplace safety minister Jill Hennessy says that new legislation to create a criminal offence of industrial manslaughter could extend to some workplace-linked suicides and to diseases such as silicosis.
Now that the Morrison Government has decided to extend the maximum terms of greenfields agreements for major projects, employers say the principle should apply more widely to non-greenfields agreements covering subcontractors on such jobs.
New Zealand will consider enabling unions and employers to charge a bargaining fee for non-members under a new system of fair pay agreements that would mandate minimum rates and conditions across low-paid industries.
Victoria's Andrews Labor Government is preparing to introduce industrial manslaughter legislation into State Parliament by the end of the year, while Federal IR Minister Christian Porter says further investigation is needed before such an offence is incorporated in the model WHS Act.
A major employer has expressed concerns about the Morrison Government's looming clampdown on workers' entitlement funds, praising its own experience of the "quality service" offered to injured employees.